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DM Maslen's Second Darkness PF Conversion (Inactive)

Game Master Pathfinder Maslen

The third largest city in Varisia, Riddleport is also the most notorious. It is here that the machinations of an ancient race, once again boil up out of the Darklands and into the light. The sinister plots of the subterranean underwriters manifest!


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Male Human DM/32

Those characters ready to join and approved, post here to add your chosen toon to the campaign.


Male Human DM/32
DM_Waife_the_BiPolar wrote:
Those characters ready to join and approved, post here to add your chosen toon to the campaign.

Or not, only when i commence the gameplay thread. My bad.


Male Human DM/32

My aim is to have the gameplay thread up and running Saturday evening. I am just trying to get through all the content relevant prior, plus mapping and back story hooks. I may even get individual starts for toons before Saturday. See how i go.


Male Human DM/32

Marcus:
You have come to Riddleport in search of means to identify the devil responsible for your adoptive elven clans destruction. You head to the Cypher lodge to make an inquiry and are disheartened to find the cost of commencing this endeavor is exorbitant, well at least based on your current wealth. This is your choice of commencement in the campaign. You either purchase a seat at the Golden Goblin tournament or you prove your worth to be a strong arm in security at the event as Saul Vancaskerkin is still hiring.


Male Human DM/32

Valius:
You learn that Gaedren is currently in the town of Riddleport and say your fair wells to Earidissle who makes you promise you will follow your heart. He pays for your transport (whatever means you decide) to Riddleport. Upon arrival you take up meek lodgings and begin digging around about Gaedren. After a four days of digging you finally turn up a lead. Gaedren has purchased a seat at the up coming Gold Goblin Gala event which is on in two days time. Positions are nearly closed so you need be quick if you are to get a seat.


Male Human DM/32

Tippy:
Boy are you palms itching at the prospect of the up and coming Gala at the Gold Goblin Gaming Hall. Yeah, you and every other thief in town. All the street smart know that winners aren't keepers for sure. Timing is everything and right now when you feel a need to score a weighty purse, penny's from heaven sound about you in the form of this tournament. You plan to infiltrate the tournament and perhaps get into the gambling business or get business out of the gambling. Make a Bluff or Diplomacy check when dealing with Saul Vancaskerkin to help him determine what role he could use you in. Once your in, you will have the opportunity to see who the big winners (potential marks) are or at least gain an insight into maybe gaining a job if only for a false cover.


Male Human DM/32

Ascaria:
Well, you already know you will be attending Saul's Gala evening but to what extent. He has given you the opportunity to sit in at one of his tables or to use your magical abilities to check for any swindlers or cheats who may be using magical measures to tip favor their way. He hints at possible services required beyond this gala but will leave the finer details to a later time. How do you choose to proceed?


Male Human DM/32

Ethaniel:
You are on the guest list to attend Saul's Gala but are not too sure about being out at public events at the moment. You make it to the gala however but are suffering paranoia and believe the gendarmes are waiting outside for you and feel the need to hover around events non-noncommittally to start off, checking occasionally a nearby reinforced window for any signs of martial rallying. You have yet to decide whether you will enter the competition and go for a relief (toilet) break before proceedings kick into high gear. Whilst in the lavatory you see metallic glimmer and bend down to pick up a silver coin of some description. Any detailed impressions have long since been rubbed away, its of an usual size and weight and is cold to the touch.


Male Human DM/32

Now, once all responses here are complete i will make another post in the game thread and from there we will proceed.

@Iscarel. Not sure if that is your chosen character as yet so will wait for confirmation of you character completion.


Male Human Ranger 1

Game on.

Note: Changed my backstory. Was a demon that wiped out the village, not devil.


Male Half-Elf Cleric 1 / Fighter (Cad) 1

Present and ready.


Male Half-Elf Cleric 1 / Fighter (Cad) 1

Character sheet is in much better shape now.

I imagine my ridiculously high Perception skill might raise some eyebrows, so I'll list a quick breakdown of why it's +12 at 1st level:

1 rank + 1 trait bonus + 3 class skill (Looking for Work trait makes it a class skill) + 2 Wisdom modifier + 2 for Keen Senses racial + 3 for Skill Focus feat = 12

I've never played a character with such a high Perception right out of the gate, but I think it makes sense. Ethaniel watches and listens obsessively, so his Perception should be very good, and his Sense Motive should be decent as well.


AC 19/15/15; HP 5/16; Current Effects: None

GM:
Sorry, I'm not quite sure what you meant in the above spoiler. Do you want a Bluff check here, in my first post in the game thread, or when he first encounters Saul?


Male Half-Elf Cleric 1 / Fighter (Cad) 1

I don't think that Ethaniel and Tippy actually know each other, but it sounds like they've both been associated with the criminal underworld in Riddleport for some time now. Ethaniel has served as an assistant to Henri Sevitt, a minor thug and hired blade, for the past several years. In that time, he has rarely emerged from the tenement that they shared.

Still, it's possible that our characters have crossed paths before and not realized it.


Male Human DM/32
Tippy Fullbottle wrote:
** spoiler omitted **

Ah, okay. When you went to make payment for your entry to the gala you were fortunate enough to bump into Saul. It's during this first dealing with Saul, before the night of the event that you let him know you are looking for work. He asks what role or skill you think you may fill and upon your suggestion he appraises you. Depending on the role you choose (bouncer, bartender, croupier, server, entertainer, spotter, or cook) will determine whether you need to try Bluff your way in or Diplomacy your way in. Just make a roll on which ever you skill you choose and reply to me in the discussion here. That way we know what function you are commencing in at the event. Either gambler or employee.


Male Human DM/32

@Ethaniel

All adds up and makes perfect sense with your upbringing.


AC 19/15/15; HP 5/16; Current Effects: None

Ah, I understand. He would try for spotter, emphasizing his ability to remain unseen, as well as having sharp eyes.

1d20 ⇒ 11
+5 for Bluff, +4 for Diplomacy, whichever you feel is appropriate


Male Human DM/32
Tippy Fullbottle wrote:

Ah, I understand. He would try for spotter, emphasizing his ability to remain unseen, as well as having sharp eyes.

1d20
+5 for Bluff, +4 for Diplomacy, whichever you feel is appropriate

Saul makes a Knowledge: Local roll to see what he knows about your before making his decision.

1d20 + 8 ⇒ (8) + 8 = 16

With this result he can only conclude by your garb and weapons that you are just another street smart thug doing it hard. With that said, he definitely recognizes a younger version of himself in you and that shifts his starting attitude to friendly.

This makes the Diplomacy DC 10 + CHA(2)= 12

Your delivery is sufficient enough to get a start at the Gala. He however has two jobs for you. Yes, you will definitely play the role of spotter but you will also cut purse any contestant who is drunk enough not to spot you doing so. You will drop these purses at the Cashier counter and we will discuss your cut at the nights end. Note however, do not cut purse anyone using the curtained-off private chambers.


Male Human DM/32

@Marcus & Valius

So you two know each other some what through Valius's adoptive dad, Earidissle the gnome. As Earidissle's life was that of trade and travel he had contacts all over the world. Some were close and others were loose affiliations but he always kept good standings with all he dealt with. Earidissle, with Valius in tow had made a number of caravan stops at different times on the skirts of the elven forests near Little Hollow where Marcus was undergoing his woodland training. The very first stop over was delayed by one of the gnomes wagons needing slight repairs and it was during this extended repair stop that Marcus and Valius met. On successive visits it always seemed that Marcus was running the forests near the trade route when ever the caravan would be passing and from this the mere acquaintance grew into a friendship. Then tragedy struck little hollow and as the only survivor, Marcus left his doomed clan home and set out to find his friends in Korvosa. He managed to track them down as was his way and was greeted warmly and given food and lodgings till he would feel able to move forward in his life. Marcus left Korvosa long before Valius in search of answers. Word had got back to Earidissle that Marcus had landed in Riddleport and when Valius' motivations to leave also pointed to Riddleport, everything just seemed to fall into place. Now here you both are, united again in your need to make some coin and pursue what drives you.


Male Half-Elf Wild Stalker 7

Sweet


Male Human DM/32

At this point, we have Ethaniel and Tippy doing some betting.

Marcus and Tippy are spotting for Saul.

Valius is snooping around and may get kissed soon if he doesn't get involved. He will not be allowed to follow Marcus behind the scenes.

No game activity yet from Iscarel or Ascaria.


Male Human DM/32

Also, note that the winnings or losses I announce for you are in Chip denominations, not in actual currency, as each player purchases chips to play. Beware, that if you cash your chips out before the events completion, you will only be given 50% of the value.


Male Human DM/32

@Valius

Sorry Val, but what was you last roll. Gambling or Perception?

The Exchange

Sorry should have labeled it. Was a gambling roll.


Female Human Witch 2 (AC 12/12/10, HP 16/16, Conditions: Nil)
DM_Waife_the_BiPolar wrote:
How do you choose to proceed?

GM:

I opt to look for players using magic to influence the gaming in their favor.


Male Human DM/32

@STR Ranger

I'm confused, why do you switch between Marcus and Varrel? Is that a normal thing in pbp's?


Male Half-Elf Wild Stalker 7

Nah, clicked on wrong alias by accident. Sorry.


Male Human DM/32

@Marcus

Sic Balls! Hilarious, i love that line.


Male Half-Elf Wild Stalker 7

Yeah, not my saying though, I stole it.

Mechanics question.

The spring loaded wrist sheath allows you: "to store a dagger or wand sized object on your wrist and draw it as a swift action."

Will you allow it to work with a Kukri?

Reason I ask is I want Marcus to be a Scimitar/Kukri TWF. He doesn't have the feat yet (will take twf with 2nd level Combat Style feat.)

My tactic will be to: Rd - Have my Scimitar out. If the enemy closes with me, On my turn, I'll swift draw my dagger or Kukri (depending on your ruling) and TWF full attack. If enemy doesn't close, then instead, on my turn I'll (leave my offhand weapon sheathed) close with him and 2handed swing my Scimitar. Next round, if he hasn't moved I'll swift draw my dagger/Kukri and TWF full attack.

Once I have drawn it, it stays out for the rest of combat (putting it back is a full round action). So it isa trick that only works once per combat.


Male Half-Elf Wild Stalker 7

Actually forget I asked. Gonna go with a Scimitar in Primary and Cestus for offhand. Let's me seamlessly do either.

Cestus specifically says it makes you offhand strikes treated as 'Armed' and you can still wield stuff, so two handing on a Move is all good.


Male

Sorry folks, just came bang out of my final exam block. One more to go and I'm free as a bird until march, so I should be good to post now. I hadn't realised things had gotten off the ground so quickly. I'm doing my catchup reading now.

If anyone wants to be aquainted with me, just ask. It'd do well to have some friends in town. Waife, feel free to tailor my backstory any way you wish. Time to see just how behind I am.


Male Half-Elf Wild Stalker 7

@Waife

because this is PBP to keep things quicker, do you want to run Samson as acting on my action or do you want me to roll initiative for him?

BTW- I bought him COMBAT TRAINED. So he already knows the Attack, Defend, Guard, Come,Down and Heel. I'll include it in his stat bloc later.


Male Human DM/32

@Marcus

Precisely my thought. He moves before you on your initiative.


Male

This is about on par with my usual experience playing cards. Why should the dice be any different? :P


Male Human DM/32

As i am not too sure about pbp etiquette, is it okay to put a 24hr limit on responses before the GM makes the roll on your behalf?


Male Half-Elf Wild Stalker 7

I'm cool. Generally, if you know you're gonna be away for more than a day you let the GM know to autopilot you, while you're gone.

The Exchange

In combat you may wish to up the clock (24-36hrs is good) - In responds(RP) I like to give people about 48 hours in case they have RL issues.

You can also always roll for everyone and post the order to get the round started.


Male Half-Elf Wild Stalker 7

Up to you, but I find PBP works well if the GM rolls everyone's Initiative (including enemies) and posts it.

Makes sure everyone is aware of posting order.


Male Human DM/32

Okay, i will roll with that idea. Would speed things up. Will go with that next initiative call.


Male Half-Elf Wild Stalker 7

I usually ask for any tips on Favored Enemy selection when I play a ranger. Not an outright spoiler mind you but it sucks being a ranger if your FE won't be seen.

If not my default list is usually
1 Human+4
2 Undead+2
3 Outsider (evil)+8
4 Magical Beast+2
5 Monstrous Humanoid +2


Male Human DM/32

@Marcus

I will get back to you before level up about this.


Male Human DM/32

Hows it going so far? Anything unusual i'm doing? Any feedback you have, just lay it out for me.


Male Half-Elf Cleric 1 / Fighter (Cad) 1

I've gotten a little confused in the initiative, but I think that's because the scale and chaotic nature of the encounter. I really love the maps. It really ups the quality of the game.

You're doing great!


Female Human Witch 2 (AC 12/12/10, HP 16/16, Conditions: Nil)

Hey guys! I'm back at the keyboard and waiting for my turn. I'm fine with the time limits and GM autopiloting as discussed above.

Also, I have to say that I really enjoyed reading all your posts while catching up on the action. Special kudos to you Waife for the great work you're doing with the map.


Male Human Ranger 1

Likewise, very happy with the maps. Makes things alot easier.


Female Human Witch 2 (AC 12/12/10, HP 16/16, Conditions: Nil)

Oops, I noticed that I hadn't prepared mage armor but charm person instead (see my first post in the gameplay thread). That sounded more sensible at that point in time as Ascaria may have suspected to meet shady people that needed some "persuasion" at the tournament but she could not expect a robbery.

So, what shall we do about it? Should we say that she just did not cast mage armor? She has not been attacked yet, so no harm done. Or should we roll with it and she gives up the prepared charm person spell?


Male Human DM/32

@Ascaria

I would suggest proceeding with your posted action in game so far. Modify your spell list accordingly.

The Exchange

Haven't time to read and catch up.

Will do so tomorrow first thing.


Male Human DM/32
Valius Coreton wrote:

Haven't time to read and catch up.

Will do so tomorrow first thing.

No prob


Male Half-Elf Wild Stalker 7

He has time. I believe it's Iscaral then the bad guys then me....

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